CONCORD Mrs. Beth Townsend Talbert, 86, passed away peacefully at Levine Dickson Hospice in Huntersville, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, at First Baptist Church. A funeral service will follow at 12 p.m. with Pastor Jim Collier officiating. Burial will be held at Carolina Memorial Park. Mrs. Talbert was born Nov. 5, 1932, in Catawba County, a daughter of the late John Vester Townsend and Laura Hatchet Townsend. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Alice Townsend. Beth was a retired nurse, having worked at H&M Medical Clinic. She had the gifts of mercy, compassion and service, which she used to have the best career in the world. She also enjoyed reading, loved the family beach trips, and the Christmas season. Every ornament was placed and replaced on the tree until it was just right. Prior to her declining health, she was an active member of First Baptist Church. Those left to cherish her memory is her loving husband of 64 years, Richard "Dick" Talbert Sr.; daughter, Karen Talbert of Kannapolis; and son, Richard Talbert Jr. of Concord. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 643, Concord, NC 28026-0643. Condolences may be left at www.wilkinsonfuneralhome.com. Wilkinson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.